There’s a three-way tie in Thursday’s poll. If you want to take till about dinner time, US Eastern time to break it one way or the other, I’ll check back in around then.
Any prophet will have her or his rough edges. But even for that group, Ezekiel is a tough guy. Fiery chariots, eating candy scrolls, them dry bones, wading into the deeper and deeper water–lots of memorable images in his book.
The major prophets (and many of the minor ones) also have words of consolation. But even Ezekiel’s style comes through here, suggesting that what we think is a natural beating heart can actually be a lump of stone:
I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you, taking from your bodies your stony hearts and giving you natural hearts.
John’s Gospel is very popular across all Christian churches. His letters, not so much. That, despite this message of love:
God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.
I debated on the inclusion of this Gospel passage:
Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.
Why? We will see Matthew’s Great Commission a bit later in the FBV. I hesitated to include two such similar verses. But this one from the very end of Mark’s Gospel rated so high in a Protestant survey. Plus I didn’t want to short-change that evangelist. He deserves at least four mentions in 81, right?